The inspiration for this painting came about unexpectedly. I was invited to be part of a children’s mural project that will unfold this spring in a small historic town about 30 minutes from where I live. I’ve painted there before and was surprised with the outreach as I have never done a mural before, but was intrigued to say the least.
What appealed to me most was the sense of collaboration running through the project. I learned that 4 murals were going to be created. Each of the 4 artists would come up with a design based on one of 4 themes. The themes being – hope, love, peace and community. It felt so appropriately timed given the pandemic and all the happenings over this past year. Perhaps the most exciting thing for me was to learn that although each artist was going to create the design, 4th and 5th grade students from within the community would be doing the painting. I was hooked!
Details are continuing to be worked out and it seems given continued restrictions that the 4′ x 8′ murals will be cut up into squares so that each participating child will be able to paint a section at home. The pieces will then be re-assembled, like a mosaic, at the location where they are to reside.
The creativity in this is inspiring and I love how it connects youth to art, to their community and so much more. A peaceful reach exists here and I look forward to seeing the fruits of that extension.